• Irish Food

    6 Authentic Irish Meals

    <p>Quick: if someone asked you to name an Irish food, what’s the first dish that comes to mind? If you’re like most Americans, you’re going to say “corned beef and cabbage”. And technically speaking, you’d be wrong. Among food historians, it’s widely agreed that while corned beef has its roots in Ireland, the Irish themselves rarely ate it... and still don’t. These days it’s one of the cheaper cuts of meat, yet Irish corned beef producers in the 18th and 19th centuries exported nearly all of it since most people back then couldn&#39;t afford it. So, if you’re <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/ireland/" target="_blank">traveling to Ireland</a> for the first time, don’t bother asking for corned beef and cabbage, unless you want to get a good laugh from your Irish hosts. <br><br>With that said, there’s some terrific food to be found in Ireland. One does involve boiled meat and cabbage, and this is the one that I like to make on St. Patrick’s Day! It&#39;s both a tip of my hat to my Irish grandmother and a sign of respect for authentic Irish cooking.</p> <p><b><a href="https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/161679/irish-boxty/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SUe&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012Cfx" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/161679/irish-boxty/" target="_blank">Boxty</a>:</b> It won’t surprise you to know that potatoes are a big part of traditional Irish cooking. Boxty is Ireland’s signature potato pancake; made with both mashed and shredded potatoes, boxty patties are typically fried in a skillet and served with butter.</p> <p><b><a href="https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-colcannon-irish-potatoes-and-cabbage-242195" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SUe&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012Cg2" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-colcannon-irish-potatoes-and-cabbage-242195" target="_blank">Colcannon</a>: </b>Colcannon is one of two popular varieties of kicked-up mashed potatoes. Chopped green onions and either shredded cabbage or kale are stirred into the spuds, with plenty of milk and butter. In a good colcannon, the potatoes are smooth, with no chunks.</p> <p><b><a href="https://www.yummly.com/recipes/irish-salmon" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SUe&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012CgH" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.yummly.com/recipes/irish-salmon" target="_blank">Smoked salmon</a>: </b>Salmon is hugely popular in the island nation. Irish smoked salmon is cured and then smoked at a low temperature; it has the texture of lox, but with a slightly smokier flavor. <a href="https://www.yummly.com/recipes/irish-salmon" target="_blank">Click here</a> for 10 great Irish salmon recipes.</p> <p><b><a href="https://www.yummly.com/recipes/irish-stews-and-soups" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SUe&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012ChA" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.yummly.com/recipes/irish-stews-and-soups" target="_blank">Irish</a></b><a href="https://www.yummly.com/recipes/irish-stews-and-soups" target="_blank"> </a><b><a href="https://www.yummly.com/recipes/irish-stews-and-soups" target="_blank">Stew</a>: </b>“Irish stew” is a generic term covering all sorts of one-pot meals. There are a few rules of thumb: it has to have some sort of meat (usually lamb, sometimes beef, and occasionally mutton), it has to have potatoes and onions, you can add some Guinness if you like (I do), and the presence of carrots is the cause of many a heated discussion.</p> <p><b><a href="https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/dublin-coddle-51224810" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SUe&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012ChP" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/dublin-coddle-51224810" target="_blank">Dublin Coddle</a>: </b>It’s a bold statement, calling a dish “the ultimate Irish comfort food”, but Dublin coddle might just claim that title. Sausage, bacon, onions, and potatoes go into a pot with beef, chicken or ham broth; the pot is then covered and goes into the oven for a few hours.</p> <p><b><a href="https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/irish-bacon-and-cabbage-107859" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SUe&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012Cht" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/irish-bacon-and-cabbage-107859" target="_blank">“Bacon” and Cabbage</a>: </b>The classic Irish Boiled Dinner probably has its origins with this meal. Bacon and cabbage is traditionally a large cut of lean slab bacon, boiled on the stove top, with cabbage added during the last ten minutes. The version I make is easy, and delicious. Simply brine a pork shoulder or butt roast (I’ve also used a pork loin roast) in salt water overnight, put the pot on the stovetop and boil it for a few minutes, drain that water and replace with fresh water, and boil again for a few hours.  Add cabbage and carrots (yes, I stand by the carrots in this case), and you’ve got a great, authentic Irish meal. Here’s the complete <a href="https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/irish-bacon-and-cabbage" target="_blank">Irish “Bacon” and Cabbage recipe, via Bon Appétit</a>. Like just about everything in Ireland, it pairs well with a Guinness. Sláinte!<br><br><br><br><br><b>DRINKS ANYONE?</b><br><i>You already know that <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/ireland-tours/" target="_blank">Ireland </a>is one of the most iconic places in the world to tip a pint with a local. There’s nothing quite like sipping a Guinness in a traditional Irish pub in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/ireland-tours/" target="_blank">Killarney, Kenmare or Dingle</a>, surrounded by friendly residents and listening to a local band. But what about those places in the world you don’t expect to sit and sip the traditional spirits with natives? You never know what stories you’ll hear over a shared drink with local friends. So, pull up a seat, fill your glass, and enjoy… we’ve rounded up <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/best-cities-to-drink-with-locals" target="_blank">seven of our favorite cities</a> in the world to drink with a local.</i></p>

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    5 Best Overseas Adventures: Northern Europe

    With 195 countries on 7 continents spanning our globe, choosing your next overseas travel adventure can be overwhelming. To make things easier for you, we&#39;ve rounded up our top five overseas travel adventures... starting with Northern Europe. Whether you choose the diverse nature of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank">Iceland </a>or the fjords of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway/" target="_blank">Norway</a>, you&#39;re guaranteed to have a trip of a lifetime with Classic Journeys. The only question is... where to next?<br><br><b>TOP 5 TRIPS IN NORTHERN EUROPE:</b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Iceland" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ehnn&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015r17" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank">ICELAND</a></b><br>It absolutely feels like the planet is trying to spill its secrets on this island. Geysers spout hot spasms into the sky. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank">Gem-blue glaciers</a> groan and bully their way down rocky valleys. Rivers of cooled lava ripple through the landscape. A waterfall shoots horizontally from a high-up cleft before falling in a rainbow cloud of mist to an empty plain. A mountain is as likely to be pink or purple as gray.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway/" target="_blank"><img alt="Norway" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ehnn&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015r1C" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway/" target="_blank">NORWAY</a></b><br>You might be surprised by the variety of activities and amazing sights you&#39;ll experience in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway/" target="_blank">Norway</a>. Imagine gliding through the serene blue waters of fjords on a private boat, walking on a glacier and exploring a Viking Ship Museum.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/londonstonehengecotswolds/" target="_blank"><img alt="Cotswolds" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ehnn&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015r1H" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/londonstonehengecotswolds/" target="_blank">COTSWOLDS, STONEHENGE &amp; LONDON</a></b><br>This isn’t just the superficially pretty <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/londonstonehengecotswolds/" target="_blank">England</a>, it’s the real thing—a rich cultural experience with personal introductions and remarkable access to non-public places. You’ll simply never forget it.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/ireland-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ehnn&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015r1M" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/ireland-tours/" target="_blank">IRELAND</a></b><br>Whether you’re wishing for a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/ireland/" target="_blank">walking tour</a> or returning to roots on a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/irelandfamily/" target="_blank">family vacation</a>, Classic Journeys has what you’re looking for on our tours of Ireland. Ireland travel with us means you’ll enjoy a perfect mix of the beauty, walkability and cordial blarney that make it a perennial favorite destination... plus visits to the best local pubs! <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/scotland/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ehnn&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015r1R" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/scotland/" target="_blank">SCOTLAND</a></b><br>We love the wide-screen scale of the<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/scotland/" target="_blank"> Scottish Highlands</a>. Great heather-covered moors roll into a broad, blue horizon. Ruined castles stand watch over silvery lochs. There’s a wonderful wildness to it all. But for all of that sweep and solitude, it’s the close-ups of local life that we remember best.<br> 

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    7 Best Cities to Drink with Locals

    You already know that <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/ireland-tours/" target="_blank">Ireland </a>is one of the most iconic places in the world to tip a pint with a local. There’s nothing quite like sipping a Guinness in a traditional Irish pub in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/ireland-tours/" target="_blank">Killarney, Kenmare or Dingle</a>, surrounded by friendly residents and listening to a local band. But what about those places in the world you don’t expect to sit and sip the traditional spirits with natives? You never know what stories you’ll hear over a shared drink with local friends. So, pull up a seat, fill your glass, and enjoy… we’ve rounded up seven of our favorite cities in the world to drink with a local.<br> <br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/japan-tours/" target="_blank"><b>Asakusa, Japan</b></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/japan-tours/" target="_blank">Asakusa, Japan</a> is much the same as it was during the Edo Period that ended in the mid-19th century. This city has some of the best Izakayas anywhere. What’s an Izakaya? It’s a Japanese bar in which a variety of small, typically inexpensive, dishes and snacks are served to accompany alcoholic drinks. They’ve long been the place where Japanese people go to unwind after a long day. For a heavy dose of traditional Japan - order yourself some shochu. While sake is a familiar accompaniment to sushi in the U.S., shochu is usually the drink of choice among locals. If it&#39;s beer you like, then nama beeru (which just means draft beer) might be more your style.  <br><img alt="Izakaya in Asakusa" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4Q9&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oYbG" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank"><b>Cuzco, Peru</b></a><br>Want to drink like a true Peruvian while in the Sacred Valley? Join us on a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank">Peru &amp; Machu Picchu tour</a> and enjoy a picnic lunch of local specialties, including some homemade chicha - a fermented corn beer dating back to the Inca Empire. But pace yourself. This sour beer has a consistency more like soup and the alcohol affects your body three times more due to the high altitude!  <br><img alt="Chicha in the Sacred Valley" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4Q9&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oYbL" style="height: 354px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italianlakes/" target="_blank"><b>Bellagio, Italy</b></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italianlakes/" target="_blank">The Italian lakes</a> are dotted with restaurants and outdoor patios with breathtaking water views. These are perfect little spots to share a conversation with a local while enjoying an Aperol Spritz - the most iconic Italian aperitivo. Enjoyed year-round, this delightful blend of bubbles and bitters is best during long summer evenings.  This drink is consumed all over Italy, but there’s just something about an Aperol Spritz in the lakeside town of Bellagio that is simply magical. (Side note: it’s also our co-founder, Susie Piegza’s favorite drink. She’ll order it in the Lakes and anywhere else she can find it!) <br><img alt="Bellagio Aperitivo" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4Q9&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oYbQ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank"><b>Havana, Cuba</b></a><br>When in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank">Havana</a>, retrace Hemingway’s footsteps on an evening walk that leads to El Floridita, a small bar Hemingway loved and frequented often, where you can catch some live music and sip a daiquiri, Papa’s favorite drink. And when those musicians start playing, remember this: Cubans love to dance…and nothing makes them happier than when you join in. They don’t care if you have the moves; they just want you to let the beat take over.<br><img alt="El Floridita Bar with Hemingway" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4Q9&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oYph" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/chile/" target="_blank"><b>Maipo, Chile</b></a><br>One of our favorite places for lunch and conversation with Chileans is at the Santa Rita Estate in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/chile/" target="_blank">Maipo </a>- a property that’s a national monument with more than 200 years of history. Of course, there will be pairings and tastings, sure to include Cabernet Sauvignon and some other signature varietals. Plus, your hosts will take you on a leisurely walk in the French-style vineyards to show off their whole operation from the vines to bottling.<br><img alt="Santa Rita Winery" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4Q9&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oYbz" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/new-zealand-tours/" target="_blank"><b>Queenstown, New Zealand</b></a><br>In <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/new-zealand-tours/" target="_blank">New Zealand tour</a>, we boat across Lake Wakatipu to Mt. Nicholas, where we follow an incredibly cinematic walking trail that leads to Walter Peak High Country Farm. The mountain and lake views here are unmatched and, in the end, you arrive at the farm where you can relax in the lush gardens that roll down to the lake and sip a pint of one of the great local beers as a post-walk reward. (Below is our founder, Edward Piegza, waiting with a try of local brew for guests!)<br><img alt="New Zealand Local Beer" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4Q9&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oYqp" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank"><b>Hanoi, Vietnam</b></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank">Vietnam&#39;s capital</a> is an old-fashioned city with sidewalk cafes and pavement barbers. There are wide boulevards lined with trees and filled with bicycles. Great mansions give way to crowded alleyways like Silk Street and Fried Fish Street. Here, there are plenty of streetside bars to sit, relax and watch the natives and tourists collide while sipping on a locally brewed Hanoi Beer or (for the thrillists) a rice wine called “ruou”.<br><br><img alt="Hanoi Vietnam" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4Q9&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oYcJ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> <br> 

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